Why should you care who becomes a federal judge?
Judges make many decisions that can affect whether you, your loved ones, or your coworkers are able to obtain justice if you have to go to court some day to enforce your legal rights.
Judges' legal interpretations may even affect how your boss treats you: if legal violations go unpunished, your employer could be less likely to treat you fairly and follow the law.
Many judges are intelligent, fair, and follow the law, but some judges are swayed by their own personal or political views, producing decisions that ignore or contradict existing law or the intent of those who created the law.
What's more, judges in federal court have "lifetime tenure." They are not subject to re-election, reappointment, or recall for the rest of their lives. The only time that the American public can influence the process is at the beginning, when a federal judge is first nominated. Once a bad or biased judge is confirmed, there's little more that can be done.
What you can do:
Visit this site to learn more about judicial nominees and to take action.
Contact your Senators and express your opinion about how they should vote. The more people who get involved in the confirmation process by contacting their Senator about individual nominees, the more likely it is that Senators will listen to their constituents when determining whether to accept or reject a nominee.
Workplace Fairness works with groups who are actively involved in monitoring the judicial nominations and evaluating nominees' records on employment and other civil rights issues. We will frequently post information here about federal judges under consideration so that you can learn more and take action by contacting your Senators.
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